The countryside of Norfolk has for centuries
challenged artists to paint its wide landscapes,
seascapes and incomparable skies. And while many
have tried, few have wholly succeeded. Brian Ryder
is among the fortunate handful of contemporary
painters who the public recognise as successfully
capturing both the physical quality and the essential
atmosphere of the places he paints. His bold
approach to making his work, his uncompromising
self criticism allied to years honing his painterly
skills, give his paintings an exciting and fresh appeal
- combining the best of painting tradition with a
unique contemporary flair.
In this book we are given an insight into the
background of the artist, his early life and his
development as a painter. Despite a number of
setbacks his determination to succeed brought
early recognition in the form of an exhibition and
a gold medal at La Biennale de Venezia. His love
of Venice is portrayed through the paintings of
that wonderful city that are included here.
But it is the artistís Norfolk paintings that form the
bulk of this book, appropriately so, as the county is
now very much Brianís adopted home. Anyone
with a love of Norfolk and its spectacular landscape
will find much to delight them among the superb
paintings included here.
Brian Ryder lives and paints in North Norfolk.
He paints in oils, watercolour and mixed media.
His work is held in many collections internationally
both private and public. Brian is a provisional
member of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters
and chairman of the Wells Art Group. As well as
Brian's successful books and DVDs, he teaches
his painting techniques around the world and
contributes regularly to Leisure Painter magazine.
On leaving Sheringham College Adrian
Hill quickly established a career in
business management, firstly with Marks
& Spencer, then Jarrold of Norwich and
finally with Boots the Chemist. In 2003
Adrian purchased the award-winning
Picturecraft Art Gallery and Exhibition
Centre in Holt, Norfolk, from his
parents. Earlier collaborative publishing
projects with Halsgrove include books
on the artists HoraceTuck, Felix
Bernasconi, Peter Gilman and Tony
Imprint: Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 28 1, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published September 2010.